10/18/21

Anti Transgender Student Sports Bill Heads to Governor's desk

The burden of hate will weigh heavy their hearts forever

 

It's with a heavy heart I have some sad news to relay. The right-wing extremist state government of Texas has finally forced an anti-trans bill through.

The cowardly insurrectionists started in 2017 with a statewide bathroom bill but that met unanimous opposition.

The bill that passed targets transgender children, the most vunerable of our community, a segment that is more easily attacked. For who lends much credence to what a child has to say?
The anti-trans legislation has been a high priority each session called by Governor Greg Abbott, and the Transgender Education Network of Texas (TENT) has proudly worked alongside community partners, children and their family members, advocates, and activists who have made thousands of phone calls and visits to the Capitol for the last 10 months. We want to remind our community and ally’s that even though it might not feel this way, we are on the right side of history when it comes to justice for trans people in Texas."
“We are disappointed and devastated that HB25 has passed in the House. Despite the overwhelming testimonies and facts presented to the legislature in opposition to the bill, proving how harmful this bill will be to trans children, their loved ones, and our LGBTQ community they treated our trans youth like political pawns. I want to remind people of Texas, our trans youth are not your political pawns.” said executive director of TENT, Emmett Schelling."
This is truly sickening as there was no need for it in 2017 and there is no need for it today

Last session Joe Stauss speaker of the house, a Republican from San Antonio stopped them at the last moment. Joe was immediately forced out of the legislator and we didn't have a savior this year.
“This cruel and grotesque ban puts a target on the backs of transgender children and adults, erases intersex people and sends a clear message that transgender and intersex people aren’t welcome or safe in Texas. Instead of heeding the community outcry against the bill and listening to the powerful testimony of trans kids and adults, families and advocates, Texas lawmakers willingly ignored the unequivocal evidence of the harm this bill (and bills like it) has already caused. Throughout four traumatizing legislative sessions, we’ve seen increased requests for help from families facing anti-LGBTQ+ threats as a result of this hostile climate. The ‘debate’ over this anti-transgender bill is already exacerbating intolerance, fueling discrimination, and solidifying Texas’ reputation as the leading state for violence against trans people. Lawmakers who supported this bill will have to live with its legacy and future impact on our communities,” said Ricardo Martinez (he/him), Chief Executive Officer of Equality Texas.
As HB 25 heads to Abbott's desk, it changes one cruicial rule. Previously schools accepted all birth certificates regardless of amendments. 

HB 25 will require schools to accept birth certificates that were issued 'at or near the time of birth'. This will keep any transgender students from playing who might have had the fortune to amend their birth certificates.

Actual policy, enforcement, and the cost of paying for it and any legal actions will be covered by cash-strapped schools. 

Kids. We did our best. And at best we have delayed more toxic bills from making it through.

Presidential candidate Joe Biden promised before being elected that he had our backs. If he doesn't take the lead forcefully he will have to get out of the way as we will squish him falling into our graves. Seriously President Biden, Don't waste this opportunity.

10/15/21

KP Deputy superintendent of police suspended for raiding Transgender Alliance Press Conference

Ihsan Shah, deputy superintendent of police, was suspended for a raid on a transgender press conference held at Peshawar Press Club on Oct. 12. 

The press club in Peshawar is the one place that transgender people in the conservative north state can report to media, and to the rest of the world, about the egregious conditions that they are forced to live in.

UCA News Reports that Farzana and her transgender sisters were holding a press conference when police raided the main hall of Peshawar Press Club. Ihsan Shah, deputy superintendent of police, and his guard were stopped by the cabinet members of the club. “Stop this event. You don’t know me. I will see you,” he threatened the resisting journalists. 

The club governing body later boycotted all police ceremonies in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), the most conservative province in Pakistan. Covering their faces in dupattas (long scarfs) and masks, Transgender Alliance KP later protested outside the press club on Oct. 12. More than 50 journalists demanded the resignation of Shah in a demonstration the next day.
"We face violence every day and demand our right to live and work. An organized group in Peshawar is making porn videos after kidnapping and raping transgenders"
Shah has been suspended but Transgender Alliance KP members continue to receive death threats. According to Farzana, the provincial president of the alliance, 80 transgender people have been murdered in the northern province since 2015. "Eunuchs were holding a press conference at the press club. Police raided the press club and said that they had come because the eunuchs were holding a press conference here"
Father Nasir William, director of the commission for social communications in Islamabad-Rawalpindi Diocese, condemned the police raid on the press club.

 “This is the first time a police team has raided the press club, desecrated its sanctity and held the organizers of press conference hostage. We condemn this attitude and demand our freedom of speech and to protest. Transgenders openly perform at functions organized in Punjab province but remain hidden in Peshawar,” said the priest who has served in Peshawar for more than three years.

10/13/21

NetFlix reinstates engineer suspended for bringing attention to David Chappell's Transphobic Specials



Most of us, myself included, may never have known about the toxicity of the David Chappell Netflix specials.  I mean WGAF about David Chappell, we already knew he is an asshole.

We would have gone our way, blissfully watching our favorite Netflix shows if not for the certified badassery of one Netflix employee. 

There was no ignoring Terra Field's tweet that so rudely awoke the trans community. That one tweet struck us to the very core.

Terra Field became known as the Netflix engineer suspended for tweeting "we are not offended" listing many US trans women, most of whom were black, who were murdered so far this year. Click on her tweet to follow the thread.
  Soon afterward Netflix suspended Terra but then rose to their defense stating that Feild wasn't suspended for the tweet. They said that they respected her right to speak freely. They said that Tara Feild was suspended for attending a Board Meeting implying that she broke a company policy. 

 But as it turns out Tara Field was invited by a board member who sent her a link inviting her to attend the virtual meeting. She shared this snip of a Netflix email stating that she has been fully reinstated.
This is obviously something Netflix would love to make go away.

But it won't.

Those of us who survived this past year remain deeply offended.

The trans employee resource group at Netflix is planning a company-wide walkout on October 20th to protest statements made by co-CEO Ted Sarandos regarding Dave Chappelle’s latest comedy special The Closer. - The Verge
  Column: Ted Sarandos’ Netflix memo on Dave Chappelle is a masterwork of gaslighting. I decided to make an impact myself.

 I can not in good faith continue to support a corporation that so blatantly values profit over my life. Until I see a change I have canceled my Netflix subscription and implore others from the trans community and our allies to take similar action.
Netflix content isn't contained within the US border and neither is the transphobic message that is spread by it's co-CEO Ted Sarandos.

 There are at least 404 transgender people worldwide who aren't offended by David Chappell. They were all murdered. There will be hundreds of events worldwide as we mourn those 404 November 20th at our next Transgender Day of Remembrance.

It is my hope that NetFlix will be held accountable by everyone who mourns our fallen this November.

10/12/21

Meet Daphne Dorman, The Trans woman who Killed Herself After Dave Chappelle Humiliated Her

Mia Satya (L) and her bestie Daphne Dorman (R) in better days.



Transgender woman, aspiring comedian, and beloved human Daphne Dorman was tricked by Dave Chapelle into thinking he liked her style. 

After she opened for her newfound mentor Chapelle attacked her very being, destroying her confidence. She committed suicide a week afterward. 

But that's not the last of it. Dave Chapelle didn't respond to invitations to three memorials held on both the east and west coast, but he did use her posthumously as a transphobic prop in his last Netflix specials.

10/10/21

MP bizarre attempt to defend Gahanna's anti-gay bill ends with an attack on trans humanity

 

Ghana’s parliament is set to debate draconian anti-lgbt bill

Ghana’s parliament is set to debate a bill that -- if passed -- would introduce one of the harshest anti-LGBTQ laws on the African continent.  

Sam Georgegh, the MP who introduced "The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill" at the behest of US evangelists could not defend this bill criminalizing LGBT people. Instead, he spent time gaslighting the United States, in an interview terminated with him questioning transgender Ghanaians humanity.


 In 2019 a conference was hosted in Accra, Ghana by the World Congress of Families, which the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has identified as an international hate group, and HRC calls "one of the most influential American organizations involved in the export of hate." 

 One of the highlights of the conference, for attendees, was the presence of US ultra-conservative organizer Brian Brown, the president of the World Congress of Families (WCF). 

This is where the current push to criminalize LGBTQI people took shape. If the title of the Ghanaian bill sounds familiar, it should. The same wording has appeared in over 50 anti-LGBTQI bills in the US this year.
NAIROBI, Aug 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Ghanaian bill criminalising LGBT+ people will establish “a system of state-sponsored discrimination and violence” against sexual minorities, U.N. human rights experts warned on Thursday, urging authorities to reject the proposed law.

10/7/21

Arrest made for murder of transgender woman found by Seattle Jogger

Zoella "Zoey" Rose Martinez, 20
Zoella "Zoey" Rose Martinez, 20 / Picture Family

A deceased woman found by a jogger on September 1, 2021, in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood of Seattle has been identified as a transgender woman by family.

The Diversity Alliance of the Puget Sound posted on Facebook  - "On September 1st Zoella "Zoey" Rose Martinez, 20, was found murdered in Seattle. Today the hunt for her killer ended in his arrest.".

 "Our community has lost a friend and loved one." 

"While no news reports revealed that she was a trans woman, we have been given permission by her family to reveal this. 

They proudly stood by their daughter through her transition and will continue to do so." . "Zoey was the 38th known trans or non binary individual lost to violence this year." .

"Picture used with permission by Sarita Martinez."
 
 

The original police report filed on September 1, while respectful didn't identify the victim as transgender - "At approximately 5 am, a jogger flagged down officers and said there was a person down in the alley near North 73rd Street and Greenwood Avenue North."
Jacaree Rashad Hardy / Seattle Police

Detectives with the SPD Homicide Unit, CRG Unit, and US Marshalls arrested Jacaree Hardy on September 6th, 2021 in the city of Renton without incident. Detectives are currently questioning him and will book him into King County Jail when they are done.

R.I.P Zoella "Zoey" Rose Martinez

10/6/21

Millen Cyrus wins Miss Queen Indonesia - now on to Miss Queen International

Millen Cyrus
Millen Cyrus
Gorgeous transgender woman Millen Cyrus wins Miss Queen Indonesia held in Bali last month. Cyrus will now represent Indonesia at the 2022 Miss Queen International in Pattaya, Thailand. The winner of that contest is awarded THB 450,000 ($13,000 US) a sash, and crown along with a gift voucher from Pratunam Polyclinic by Dr. Thep Vejvisith.
"Thank you for everyone who supported me until I won miss queen 2021 @missqueen_indonesia, thank you Allah swt My parents, my beloved mother, my big family, my dear judges, designer @denny_opulence who made her very beautiful clothes, make-up artist @suryatan_makeup and hairdo @sagitarius_star89 who made me beautiful on miss queen night, and my friends and fans who have always supported me from the start, and my friends who are miss queen 2021 finalists who are always there and help each other during the quarantine period following miss queen 2021 Thanks all, love u"

 

Millen Cyrus thanked the staff at a hospital saying "my grandmother was received and treated well by the health team and medical team and I only represented to register, and deliver. I'm very happy to have met and can make medical people happy, everyone is enthusiastic, take care of your health and progress, WE LOVE YOU"
Of course religious people objected to her visibility to. which she responds quite elligantly
"I know who I am. I am not perfect. I'm not the most beautiful woman in the world. But I'm one of them."

10/4/21

Self funded Khawaja Sira Quran School Opens in Pakistan

 

Khawaja Sira Quran School Pakistan

A Quran school and religious learning community centre has just opened in the E-11section of Islamabad.

Khawaja Sira Quran School
Khawaja Sira Quran School 


"The school for the transgender/Khawaja sira community has a full-time staff on site who assist those that come daily for classes and also for those that need temporary shelter."


"Khawaja Sira Quran School is now officially open, we have set up two of our 4 rooms, and our kitchen is now functional, ready to serve meals to our trans students and temporary shelter seekers. We are an entirely donation-reliant facility, and your generosity helps keep our doors open, to volunteer, donate or schedule a visit please contact us on our social media channels."

This is a step forward to better the lives of trans people as many religions oppose Khawaja Sira people's integration into society. Pakistan once again is on the leading edge by integrating Khawaja Sira people into law enforcement, the workplace, government, and religious organizations.

10/3/21

Transgender athlete Schuyler Bailar calls for trans inclusion in abortion rights

Schuyler Bailar
Schuyler Bailar
Schuyler Bailar, the first transgender athlete in history to compete on an NCAA Division 1 men's team spoke at the DC Woman's March Saturday. 

Bailar, a transman identified as female at birth spoke emphatically about the right of all humans, regardless of gender, to have access to safe abortions.

Since graduating from Harvard in 2019, Yahoo first reported, Bailar has used his platform to advocate for others in the LGBTQ community. He has taken aim at the numerous legislative propositions this year that sought to ban transgender athletes from playing on teams.

"I am a transgender man, which means that although I am a man, I was assigned female at birth, which means that I have a uterus. Which means that I could get pregnant. Which means that I could need an abortion," he said. "I am here to remind you to make it absolutely clear that people of all genders can have abortions, and people of all genders should have safe and legal access to abortions." "This is a women's issue and it is also a transgender man's issue": Schuyler Bailar, the first transgender athlete to compete on an NCAA Division 1 men’s team, talks LGBTQ inclusion at Saturday's Women’s March rally for abortion justice.

10/2/21

Trans Woman Tessa Ganserer nominated for the German LGBT+ Diversity Award

Tessa Ganserer
Tessa Ganserer
Tessa Ganserer, one of the two transgender members of the German Federal Parliament is asking you to vote for her again, this time for the German LGBT+ Diversity Award.

Ganserer, won the election and did it her way. She refused to pay the exorbitant fees and jump through the bureaucratic hoops to change her name that the law currently requires. She won despite being forced to out herself on every ballot of the Bundestag. And now as an experienced member of the Greens Party, she has been given a platform to change that law so she and others can self-identify.

Click here to cast your vote before October 10th and help her achieve her goal! It's easy! Scroll down to the LGBT+ category and click on it. You will see her picture and click on it. Below that you will see a tab "Abstimmung" or "Vote" and you are done!  

Tessa Ganserer (* 1977) is a member of the Bundestag. She is the queer political spokeswoman for the green parliamentary group and came out as trans * at the end of 2018. Ganserer is now finally living her true gender and is the woman she always was in public every day.

 In parliament, she campaigns for the rights of all queer people. But it also makes itself strong outside of parliamentary politics so that everyone can live their sexual orientation and gender affiliation freely and without fear.

As a voluntary trade unionist, Ganserer tirelessly promotes the acceptance and appreciation of sexual and gender diversity. Queer politics have gained visibility and relevance in Bavaria and far beyond thanks to Tessa Ganserer. Its declared aim is to replace the degrading and constitutionally unlawful “transsexual law” with a self-determination law.

10/1/21

Dallas Transgender woman murdered in Arlington Texas

Kier Lapice Solomon / Facebook

Arlington Texas - Kier Lapice Solomon, 21, was found unresponsive by police in a car in north Arlington at 9:30 pm Thursday evening.

UPDATE: A balloon release and vigil for Kier  Lapice Solomon will be held in Dallas on Sunday.
Where: 1500 St Augustine Rd Dallas, TX 75217
When:   Sunday, Oct. 3rd, 6:00 pm
  

Kier Lapice Solomon, a resident of Dallas, was taken to the Arlington Memorial Hospital where she died at 10:14 pm on September 30, 2021.

A resident reported finding an unresponsive person in a car that was parked at the complex, according to the Star Telegram.

 When they arrived, police found the victim with a gunshot wound. She was taken to a local hospital and was pronounced dead.

Detectives are canvassing the neighborhood seeking witnesses and surveillance video, and speaking to friends and family of the victim. Anyone with information should call Arlington police at 817-459-6466. Tipsters can also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers of Tarrant County at 817-469-8477.

Reference Tarrant County ME Case Number 2119113
R.I.P. Kier Lapice Solomon